Louder than War’s Ioan Humphreys gets re-acquainted with Lisbon with their revelatory new track.
To start with, the abstract photo of some brutalist architecture on the cover art is very Ballardian and makes me smile already.
The spasmodic backing track that kicks off this, Lisbon’s latest release never quite decides if it’s running forwards or backwards. I love it.
The vocals come in and they are very laid back and chilled out singing about ‘Californian sun’. A throbbing bassline joins in and then a spoken word section interrupts the groove. Initially it jars, but suddenly it all makes perfect sense. The verse comes in the chorus has added noise effects that gives Lisbon an edge that I really like. They appear loose and open to chaos and experimentation.
The last quarter of the track is a cacophony of different vocal tracks, breakbeats, multitracking spontaneity and basically a general disregard for formulaic song structure and composition. Bloody great stuff if you ask me. I wholeheartedly approve.
See Lisbon live:
UK Tour Dates
8th April – Think Tank, Newcastle
11th April, Green Door Store, Brighton
13th April, Islington Academy, London
14th April, Rocking Chair, Sheffield
17th April, Fruit, Hull
21st April, Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
28th April, Hit The North Festival, Newcastle
29th April, Live At Leeds